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Police identify suspect in deaths of 3 Ohio women

July 22, 2013
By THOMAS J. SHEERAN , The Associated Press

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts has publicly identified the suspect in the deaths of three women found wrapped in trash bags, and officers and volunteers have ended hours of searching without finding more bodies. Spotts says Sunday that 35-year-old registered sex offender Michael Madison is in custody and expected to be formally charged on Monday. Sunday's search included scouring about 40 abandoned houses and other areas, but turned up no more bodies in the neighborhood where three were found separately on Friday and Saturday. A medical examiner says the bodies were in advanced stages of decomposition, and it will take days to identify the women and determine how they died. Police did not plan to continue searching Monday.

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East Cleveland police search Sunday near where three bodies were recently found, in East Cleveland, Ohio. The bodies, believed to be female, were found about 100 to 200 yards (90 to 180 meters) apart, and a 35-year-old man was arrested and is a suspect in all three deaths, though he has not yet been charged, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton said Saturday.

 
 

 

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